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Nauseated StrangersExistentialists mean that we cant rationalize since we cant explain human fear anguish and pain To rationalize is absurd because in the final analysis we will find nothing Life is absurd This leads to the term Nothingness Thus since we cant find a meaning of life more than what we attempt to create by ourselves we anguish Living in the same era Camus and Sartre individually helped to form the school of existentialism Of course there were others Kierkegaard Heidegger etc But I have chosen Camus and Sartre because of the closeness in the publication of their first novels Camus published his first novel The Stranger in 1942 while Sartre published his first novel Nausea in 1938 I am interested in the way they look at change in The Stranger and Nausea In The Stranger the main character is Mersault His mother dies and he travels to her home for the burial The day after the funeral Mersault gets together with a woman Marie He becomes friends with Raymond a neighbor Raymond is having an argument with some Arabs Mersault is then pulled into the dispute between Raymond and the Arabs Finally on a sunny afternoon at the beach Mersault kills one of the Arabs even though he really has nothing against him Mersault is put on trial and sentenced to death Nausea is the journal of Antoine Roquentin Nausea is the resulting disorientation Roquentin feels from having his existence revealed Through a self analysis Roquentin discovers that his existence is meaningless He has been living for the past three years in the French town of Bouville and is working on a history book Mersault is characterized by an indifference to change At one time Mersault gets an invitation to move to Paris by his boss but he declines Mersault says that people never change their lives that in any case one life was as good as another and that I wasnt dissatisfied with
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